Anarchist Protesters Get Rowdy Against Extraction in the Philippines

By Philippin@ Anarchist

A group of anarchist demonstrators wearing mask, around 30 individuals, (with black clothes tied on in their face) unpredictably showed up from Aurora Avenue, Cubao Quezon City staging uncompromising rebellion against the State of the Nation Address or SONA.

SONA is an annual accomplishment speech of the existing ruling president Benigno “Noynoy” Simeon Aquino III hijacking the faith of the public masses, backed up by the media, a spectacle of lies, expropriation and greed to secure the interest of the elite ruling class and the privilege few, parasitic wealthy businessmen, industrialists and foreign capitalist investors eyeing to make huge profit at the expense of the degradation of the environment through natural- resource extraction such as mining, dams etc. and taking advantage of the cheap labor code authorized by the Department of Labor and Employment that necessitates further inhuman exploitation and blighted lives.

A Circle-A black flag was waved in the air, along with green and black and red and black flags that symbolizes an ever-expanding expression of solidarity in the struggle for radical social change and liberation that are inclusive for all common people and every walks of life not solely amongst activists circles and political movements.

Along the intersection of EDSA and Aurora Avenue, anarchists protestors reclaimed the streets, blockaded and stopped the flow of traffic where cars and busses unable to resume in more or less 15 minutes. Three big banners were stretch to the public eye to every commuters and passersby saying Kalayaan, Kapayapaan at Pagkapantay-pantay(Freedom, Peace, Equality), Estado at Kapitalismo Terorismo sa Kalikasan at Sangkatauhan (State and Capitalism Terrorism to Nature and Humanity), Wasakin ang Kagutuman, Itigil ang Pagpapautang, Pagkain para sa lahat( Abolish Hunger, End Debt, Food for All).

Leaflets were hand-outed outlining the domination of the State, the work and social institution responsible for the ongoing exploitation and injustices. While protesting and public speech, vandalism was irresistible. The surrounding landscape of the protest area was overtly spray-painted and smashed with “unlawful” messages questioning the root causes of oppression and domination. It directly argues for the complete abolition of the “State and Capital” and the underlying social institution that engineers inequality, slavery, colonization and death.

Following afterwards, leaderless dissidents marched in motion going into the direction of Quezon City Hall. Traffic appears to be following the march and cannot even get through resuming in full from EDSA northbound to East Avenue. Horns were blown caused by delayed traffic whilst vandalism still going on in every corners of corporate and business establishment, government buildings and traffic policy infrastructures.

A Philippine flag hanging outside in one government office building was severely attacked and uprooted and another one in a different direction was vandalized with Circle A symbol. Drums, speakers and music were tuned while protests continue. Two security personnel guarding government offices responded to the attack but were too late to follow through. Some protestors realized that most people on the streets including sidewalk vendors, jeepney drivers, commuters and passersby were not getting freaked out while having witness the action amidst uncontrollable acts of vandalism and property damage initiated by anarchist rebels.

Traffic officials, government workers, and some cops witness the action but once again were totally freeze on the ground unable to respond to the situation. On the other hand, thousands of left-wing activists were protesting closer to where the President speaks after having been given by the State a legal permit to revolt. The anarchist protest action last for 1 and a half hour of property destruction that inspire hope beyond reform and compromise.

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